018 Project Managers: Create Insanely Effective Presentations with Nancy Duarte

November 10, 2013

Today I bring you my conversation with the astute Nancy Duarte, a communication expert who works with the top brands in the world.

We will talk about the art of creating compelling presentations.

As I read her book “Resonate,” it became obvious to me that Nancy is not only a competent professional who bases her opinions on solid research, but she also has a refined sense of the human condition and of what moves us. This makes for a potent combination of insights, strategies, and case studies that made me rethink the way I present content.

Her message is so intensely valuable to project managers that I had to invite her onto the show.

Press the “play” button on top of this post to listen to my chat with Nancy Duarte.

Nancy Duarte

nancyduarte_sm2Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times and on CNN. Her firm, Duarte, Inc., has created more than a quarter of a million presentations for the world’s most influential businesses, institutions, causes, and authors.  As a persuasion specialist Nancy developed a unique methodology, which applies storytelling and visual thinking principles to business communications that shift audience beliefs and behaviors. Her latest book, The HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations, is currently HRB’s most purchased guidebook.

Duarte, Inc. is the largest design firm in Silicon Valley, as well as the fifth largest female employer in the area. Nancy has won several prestigious awards for communications and entrepreneurship, and was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the University of Southern Mississippi in 2013. She has been a speaker at a number of Fortune 500 companies and top business schools, and teaches classes at Stanford University several times a year.

Nancy has 20 years of experience working with global companies and thought leaders, and her firm has influenced how the world perceives some of the most important brands, including Apple, Cisco, Facebook, GE, Google, HP, TED, Twitter, and the World Bank. Nancy is the author of three award-winning books. The HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations provides tips to help business communicators create powerful messages and visuals, win over tough crowds, and strike the right tone in any situation. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences identifies the hidden story structures inherent in great communication, and spent more than 300 days on Amazon’s Top 100 Business Book bestsellers list. Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations teaches readers to think visually and has been translated into eight languages.

Nancy has three grown children who walk in their destiny and a husband who has loved her for over 30 years. She has two grand-dogs, Bear and Necessity.

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

resonateI have some great news for you.

Nancy has just announced that now you can get her Resonate book for free.  Yes, you read it right.

Her design studio created an interactive, immersive multimedia version of Resonate and you can get them here:

HTML Version

iBooks Version

This book has changed the way I present and how I look at connecting with an audience.

I am thrilled that she is offering this now for free and I absolutely recommend you take a look at it.

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